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What to Expect when Your Veterinarian Evaluates Your Dog for Arthrosis

If you suspect that your dog may be suffering from dog arthrosis—what veterinarians call "canine osteoarthrosis" —the following checklist can help you assess whether to request an evaluation for this disease. Ask yourself the questions below. If you answer "yes" to any of them, have your veterinarian examine your dog for dog osteoarthrosis.

Is your dog...
  • Limping
  • Reluctant to exercise for as long as usual
  • Lying down or resting more than usual
  • Having trouble rising from a resting position
  • Experiencing difficulty in climbing stairs?
  • Finding it difficult to walk, run or jump
  • Showing a decrease in appetite or lack of interest in food
  • Avoiding being held or touched
  • Demonstrating an unexplained change in behavior

Your veterinarian may use several diagnostic tools to determine whether your dog has dog arthrosis, including an orthopedic examination (to ascertain the presence of joint pain, swelling and/or tenderness), and radiographs (x-rays) to assess bone changes caused by the disease.